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New Moon in Aquarius and Uranus Direct ~ January 21-22, 2023

This post wants to go up sooner rather than later. I will reblog it closer to the time, but these are wild and potent energies! In many ways, this upcoming New Moon gives us “a preview of the preview” of Pluto in Aquarius. On March 23, 2023 the slow moving Lord of the Underworld shifts from Capricorn, which Pluto has upended since 2008, and moves into Aquarius, where he will remain for just a few months before retrograding back to Capricorn on June 11. Pluto won’t re-enter Aquarius for the long haul until January 2024. The not quite three months in 2023 gives us a taste of Pluto in Aquarius until 2044.

This New Moon in very early Aquarius looks forward to March 23, and backwards to December 21, 2020 when Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted in the first degree of Aquarius. There are so many moving parts with this extremely “Age of Aquarius” event, including the Uranian concept of precognition or receiving rapid downloads of other points in time. Because of the intense pressure on the early degrees of Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), it feels right to give people an extra heads up, so here we go!

My January 2023 Forecast shared:

January 21 New Moon in Aquarius, 3:53 p.m. Eastern Standard US time. On a personal note, this New Moon conjuncts my own natal Moon, within minutes. Rounding up to 2° Aquarius, we find Dane Rudyhar’s Sabian Symbol for this New Moon: “AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM. KEYNOTE: The need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.” The Ruler of this New Moon–Uranus–stations Direct the next day. Stationing always amplifies the energy of an outer planet, and Uranus is the planet most associated with thunderstorms, especially lightning bolts. Anytime we deal with Aquarius or Uranus, we’re wise to “expect the unexpected.” We can’t prepare for everything, but we can pay attention to signs, synchronicities, dreams and “psychic downloads” urging us to take certain preparatory steps. When we work with the Unseen world, we experience greater resilience, peace and ease in the 3D world.

January 22 Uranus stations Direct in Taurus and Venus conjuncts Saturn in Aquarius. A powerful day! Uranus sends a spark of genius–or a flash of chaos. No one knows what this Cosmic Weirdo may do at any given moment. He’s like the Tower card in Tarot, a revolutionary, Mr. Wild Card Liberator stationing Direct in the most rooted, stable sign of the zodiac. Well, Taurus likes stability. With Uranus stirring things up since May 2018 and the North Node still retrograding its way through Taurus since January 2021, this Earth sign of banking, fertility, food, the body and personal values keeps getting zapped. Will lightning strike on 1/22/23? Who knows?! Outer planets exert the most pressure as they station, but will the earthquakes be literal or metaphorical? When the Love Goddess conjuncts Saturn, beautiful creations can more easily manifest. In zany Aquarius–co-ruled by both Saturn and Uranus–anything goes. With both these transits on the same day, we can predict something unusual will happen. Keep your head on a swivel and yer dancin’ shoes at the ready.

Asteroid Magdalena conjunct the New Moon amplifies its Aquarian feel. In astrology, Magdalena suggests “affinity and commitment toward a group or collective cause.” Aquarius is the sign of the group and collective cause. Together we can uplift humanity and serve the Highest Good of All.

Exactly opposing the New Moon is Black Moon Lilith in Leo. She reminds us that cooperation restricts our wild, primal nature (Lilith) and may go against our own needs and desires (Leo). Despite our best intentions and platitudes (Aquarius), ego issues (Leo) and deep soul needs (Lilith) demand acknowledgement. The UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM will be more intense if we try to ignore our inner Lilith. She wants sovereignty and respect. If we don’t factor her into the equation, autoimmune conditions, tantrums and rioting will follow. Aim for balance between group harmony (Aquarius) and personal integrity (Leo).

At the time of the New Moon, Mercury in Capricorn quincunxes Mars in Gemini. This 150° aspect demands creative integration of unlike things. Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign, while Gemini is a Mutable Air sign. On the surface they have nothing in common, but the quincunx nags us to make it work.

Mars in Gemini brings information warfare and reminds us that words have power. Mercury in Capricorn shares information about power structures, authorities, rules and regulations. Mercury also rules Gemini, so we find common ground in areas of information, communication and understanding. We can integrate this quincunx by paying attention to and acting on information, especially information that challenges us to look at other possibilities (Gemini). The phrase, “Let’s make a deal” comes to mind–a negotiation (Mercury/Gemini) among leaders (Capricorn) that allows us to move forward (Mars). This could occur on both personal and collective levels.

At this time, Mars closely conjuncts the US natal Uranus. Revolutionary energies arise across the world, but especially in the United States. Patience only lasts so long when Mars conjuncts one’s Uranus. Desire for change triggers action and–quite possibly–war. This is volatile energy. Beware of accidents and false flags.

The power and potential of Mercury in Capricorn gets strengthened by conjuncting centaur Pholus. I’ve written about Pholus before, because I find this guy sets off explosive events. Pholus is the “small thing/BIG EFFECT” point in a chart. Some compare his action to chaos theory’s “butterfly effect,” where “a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” With Pholus so close to Mercury, quincunx Mars in Gemini/US natal Uranus, the smallest (Pholus) leak or drop of information (Mercury/Gemini) could suddenly (Pholus) challenge (Mars/US Uranus) the old world order (Capricorn). Of all the centaurs, Pholus acts most like Uranus–this New Moon’s ruler, and the planet that stations Direct the very next day.

Mercury in Capricorn also trines the North Node in Taurus. This supportive aspect suggests that messages, information and understanding (Mercury) will align with destiny (North Node), bringing tangible, real world results (Earth signs Capricorn and Taurus). But things align for even greater miracles. In addition to Pholus, Mercury also conjuncts asteroid Quaoar. According to SunSigns.org:

QUAOAR ASTROLOGY MEANING: A FLASH OF TRUTH

The Quaoar sign meaning signifies that the true mystical experience will help you access a more profound reality where everything flows perfectly. You consider everything as sacred and develop greater respect for life.”

Wow! But wait, there’s more …

Amplifying the North Node’s hand of destiny, this New Moon closely conjuncts asteroid Klotho. In mythology, Klotho is one of the Three Fate Sisters. She portends beginnings, initiations, births, and ignition. She can also bring people back to life if she feels they died too soon. Every New Moon allows us to hit the reset button, but Klotho and an ever growing cast of characters make this one feel extra fresh, weird and new. High strangeness awaits!

Set for Washington, D.C., the Ascendant of this New Moon chart conjuncts the January 6, 2023 Full Moon in Cancer. If you’ve not read that post, I suggest you do, as it sets the stage for this New Moon. This January 21 chart’s Ascendant also conjuncts the US natal Sun, marking it as extra important to the United States. The connection between the January 6 Full Moon and January 21 New Moon links these events as part of a bigger picture. Astrology allows us to peak behind a tarp hiding the Cosmic Painter’s canvas as he slowly finishes the work in progress. We don’t know if we’ll approve of style or genre, but planetary aspects and Sabian Symbols give us clues to theme and content.

As I mentioned in the January 6 Full Moon post, all of this occurs in larger context of the ongoing First US Pluto Return. That long transit first came into orb around 2015 and will continue through at least 2025. We’re in the thick of it right now, and although in a different sign, this New Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn and the US natal Pluto. Anytime a nation undergoes its First Pluto Return, it faces existential threats. Sometimes the entire government dissolves. Crises, discord and revolutions are common. Sometimes that nation returns to its initial seed–the full potential contained in the original concept of the nation.

Uranus stations Direct the next day, just minutes away from the November 8, 2022 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. You might recall that as Midterm Election Day in the US. Again, we find uncanny precision of astro and “real world” events. Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian Symbol for where Uranus stations Direct is: “(TAURUS 15°): HEAD COVERED WITH A RAKISH SILK HAT, MUFFLED AGAINST THE COLD, A MAN BRAVES A STORM. KEYNOTE: The courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition. … What is revealed here is CHARACTER under adverse circumstances.”

In other words, we’ve got the god of thunderstorms and lightning bolts (Uranus) showing off (stationing Direct), in a degree that emphasizes “a storm.” This occurs just one day after an Aquarius New Moon ruled by Uranus. That New Moon activates “AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM.” We don’t know what will happen, but something big is brewing. Within the next month, we might look around and say, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Will we also sing, “Ding, dong the witch is dead”? Only time will tell, but Uranus tends to trigger liberation.

With Venus conjunct Saturn at this same time, we can bring something unusual (Aquarius) and beautiful (Venus) into tangible form (Saturn, the builder). A stroke of genius (Uranus) inspires elegant solutions (Venus conjunct Saturn). It might also trigger fated meetings that lead to committed relationships. My forecast: AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM with potential for rainbows.

New Moon in Capricorn Conjunct Pluto

Tonight’s New Moon promises to pack a wallop. My January Forecast briefly mentioned some of these energies:

The January 13 New Moon in Capricorn falls within minutes of last year’s Saturn-Pluto Conjunction. In the Eastern time zone, this New Moon occurs at the stroke of midnight, a year and a day after the Conjunction that colored all of 2020. “A year and a day” represents a magical time of completion or full initiation. Happening at the hinge point of midnight on the 13th, so close to the degree of the powerful Saturn-Pluto Conjunction, this dark passage forms a birth canal. Honor how you’ve changed and grown since January 12, 2020. Some major process of destruction and renovation will complete and reset with this New Moon.

The next day, January 14 holds potential for wild changes and eruptions. That’s the day that rebel Uranus stations direct in stable Taurus. Stationing direct supercharges influence of an outer planet, and Uranus is the most volatile. Fiery Mars in Taurus fast approaches lightning bolt liberator Uranus, adding intensity and volatility. All this, while expansive Jupiter squares Uranus, karmic Saturn squares Mars, and the Sun shines a spotlight on Pluto’s Underworld. Where and how this intensity affects you depends on your full natal chart, but collectively, we can expect something big to shift mid-month.

I noted the uncanny timing of the New Moon in the Eastern US time zone, which includes Washington, DC. For some parts of the world, this New Moon will occur on the 12th and for other parts, later on the 13th. The stroke of midnight and “year and a day” energy required a mention. No matter where you live, this New Moon occurs within 1.5 degrees of Pluto in Capricorn. This combo emphasizes a total reset and rebirth of major structures and institutions. These can be personal and/or collective.

This year and a day completion term of the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction reminds me of a dream I had in October 2019. It involved “special mandala floors” that would “ensure everyone gets where they need to go in the event of an earthquake.” You can think of Pluto as the earthquake, with Saturn going ahead and forging these special mandala floors. As so many old structures crumble, many upgrades and renovation have already been put in place — both personally and collectively. There is much to be grateful for amidst the chaos and confusion — for those with eyes to see.

Pluto destroys whatever stands in the way of transformation or transmutation. Think of the phoenix rising from its own ashes, a death and rebirth cycle. Pluto also wants you to find a new balance of power, freeing you from oppression and victimization. Persephone gets whisked into Hades, raped and her innocence destroyed, but she emerges a Queen. She embraces the cycles of life and death. When she returns from the depths, she brings the Sun and warmth and tender buds.

Pluto rules the Underworld, Chthonic Realm, the Shadow, the heavy hand of destiny, primal Nature, and the deepest subconscious and soul needs. I love Pluto, but only because I embrace that realm enough to find and excavate its hidden gems. The Lord of the Underworld offers strength, grit and a powerful chance to “Know Thyself.”

AstroButterfly goes into much more New Moon Conjunct Pluto detail here.

With the amount of chaos, fear-mongering, revelations and suppression right now, it’s anyone’s guess what will come lumbering out of the Underworld. In addition to the Shadow, Pluto’s realm contains real gems. Crystals, deep subconscious impulses, regeneration, power, and sexuality. While we can’t fully avoid the archetypes, we can choose to experience them on different levels. Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian Symbol for this New Moon degree offers encouragement and a suggested focus:

PHASE 294 (CAPRICORN 24°): A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT.

KEYNOTE: Total commitment to a transcendent goal.

A convent is a place made available by a community which believes in the possibility of reaching a world-transcending state of consciousness. It is made available to individuals who may be variously motivated. To some it is an escape from the intolerable pressures of family and society; to others it represents the possibility of pursuing in peace a spiritual ideal to which the whole being aspires and is totally dedicated. The important point, in this phase of the cyclic process, is that the existence of a convent expresses another aspect of the relationship between the society (its religion and culture) and the individual. In the preceding symbol society rewarded the individual for a noble performance in its service; here society accepts the fact that beyond its daily normal patterns of behavior and commitments, another way of life exists which, in a higher sense, also has social value. In the old Hindu society dominated by a rigid caste system, the ideal embodied in the sannyasi — the wandering holy man or yogi meditating in a forest or a cave, who had entirely given up all that caste implied — was seen to be the very culmination of the social process.

In this fourth stage symbol we see the paradoxical nature of the social process operating more strongly than ever. This derives from the fact that man’s nature contains in seed the possibility of overcoming and transcending itself in acts of complete denials and of surrender to a “higher” Law or quality of being. All spiritual techniques are indeed paradoxical. Rigid discipline conditions pure inner freedom. The final goal is the attainment of TRANSCENDENT SECURITY.

Again, the “Transcendent Security” reminds me of my mandala floors dream where the circles in the floor tipped in just the right way to slide everyone where they need to be “in the event of an earthquake.” I mention that dream because I had it twice, back to back, just as Pluto stationed Direct in October 2019. I’ve watched this message play out over the past year plus. Challenging external times offer a chance to connect with true support, which is ultimately a spiritual process. Take some time to go deep.

Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

Today we have another guest post from the lovely Electra Jung. She discusses the upcoming Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, along with some important Uranus information. In reading her words, I recognize the shared experience of many clients and friends, even though I seem somehow to be floating through this Mercury Retrograde. Closing my Facebook account at the same time I’ve delved into The Mists of Avalon and continue winterizing our house all seem to have insulated me from much of the prevailing chaos. Instead, I keep sensing such overwhelming freedom, joy, and optimism. I know they’re coming! I see, feel, hear — even smell and taste the shift. No matter how bleak the “news,” I just can’t shake my sense that everything’s gonna be not only OK … but wonderful!!

In the meantime, if you’re feeling a bit off kilter, here’s what’s happening in the sky. Thanks, as always, to Electra for sharing her wisdom and observations with us:

Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

December 10, 2011 7:36 MST

(and Mercury continues to retrograde!)

Can’t remember anything anymore!

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of the Twins inwardly represents the conscious mind. Mercury is the ruling planet of this lunation and continues to provide endless mental and emotional overwhelm and lack of focus though its weakened retrograde motion. …we are in a state of confusion! This full moon in the sign of the mental intellectual creates an atmosphere of depression and vulnerability as confidence and outward progress are restricted and worry sets in.

Memory and focus are the challenges to overcome. The awareness of these create chaos as we experience lack in memory, promises made and forgotten — creative thinking is challenged by dullness and lack of originality. The requirements now are for careful observation of your own re-actions toward change and conflict in your daily life.

When was the last time you had so many forgotten commitments, appointments, inability to reach someone who was previously available and on top of it all…why can’t you remember something so important a minute ago? Could you be losing your mind or just getting …dementia?

Full Moons are always about relationship with yourself and the imbalance between your ego and emotions, your will to act or re-act according to the situation at hand. Either personal, professional or spiritual, it is time to balance. The challenging interactions between yourself and others will be given the opportunity for resolution of on-going issues which seem to never reach conclusion.

Endless talking, mindless thinking, along with anxiety and the inability to sleep as you repeatedly forget and remember what direction you were heading…how you wish to express yourself: this difficult time is enhanced by negative, obsessive thinking due to the continuing retrograde of Mercury.

The true nature of a retrograde planet is to turn the energy inward indicating the time for personal retreat …a “time-out” for reflection of past actions, especially spoken words, which have led to current conditions. … and develop awareness of the rational, superficial expression used to communicate without making any real contact.

“All eclipses, whether solar or lunar, have the potential to change your circumstances. Eclipses are expressed through a crisis of some kind, whether it is a real crisis or not, it may feel very real to you. Many times a new beginning involves letting go of something from the past, whether it be a person, a relationship, an object, or a behavior. This is especially true during a lunar eclipse.”

The planetary activity is creating a lot of intense energy. The challenging interactions between yourself and others will be given the opportunity for resolution of on-going issues which seem to never reach conclusion.

The retrograde cycle now reveals the inner-need to reassess our thoughts, emotional needs and words, which have been used to remain detached and protected. This is the time to reconnect with true feelings and restructure the words and communications with others to maintain more nourishing and meaningful relationships.

Previously stated and worth re-mentioning… Full Moons can lead to illuminating insights or painful alienation due to the energetic tendency to “project.” We are to withdraw from the addiction to the continual overload of ideas, news, feedback, connecting to social networks through the modern digital age wireless communication.

From the personal to the collective, we all are faced with the need to build upon experience in some areas of life, while being open to necessary changes in others. This requires awareness. To be aware, we must stop and pay attention objectively watch ourselves in action.

Uranus stations direct

Today as Uranus re-directs at the powerful Solstice degree we will see everything accelerate. We will collectively discover our character and humanity as we face changes and continuing crises.

Most of us will resist change but change is coming never-the-less. A traditional meaning of this transit is “out with the old, in with the new”.

“You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.” — Beryl Markham

Uranus direct encourages a de-conditioning of ingrained social patterns and conditioning. It is now the time to become more aware of authentic selves and express unique and previously repressed originality.

We live most of our lives by habit. These habits keep us stuck in patterns that limit our experience of life. Once we detect a pattern we were previously unconscious of, we can choose differently, if we want. With awareness comes choice and with choice, we gain freedom.

[A note from Laura: Uranus is the planet that rules the zodiac sign of Aquarius. As in the Age of Aquarius. My friend Tim Glenn calls Uranus “the cosmic weirdo.” Expect some wild, weird stuff. Embrace unconventional solutions when they arrive, and please don’t be afraid to claim your freedom. 🙂 Happy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse! Thanks again to Electra for this post. To read more from her, please click here.]